From the website, the Capital Blend is a blend of Assam, Kenyan and Ceylon teas. They consider it a Scottish Breakfast Blend.
Capital Blend is available in 1oz increments for $3.00 per ounce.
When I opened the package I smelled a good strong black tea. Once brewed, the tea was a smooth finishing black. I brewed it strong for my morning kickstart, and added just a touch of sugar. It was full bodied without a bitter finish and I really enjoyed it. I would definitely order more.
Often I get asked why I don’t review more unflavored teas. The simple answer is that I’m always interested in the flavored teas, but I will try and make more of an effort to review unflavored teas in the future. To that end, in my order from Simpson & Vail, I selected their Ceylon Orange Pekoe.
From the website Ceylon Orange Pekoe contains “medium sized black-brownish leaves… [that] produce a deep amber cup with a brisk, well-rounded, flowery taste.” Ceylon Orange Pekoe is a blend of black teas from several growing areas in Sri Lanka, which was formerly known as Ceylon.
Ceylon Orange Pekoe is available in a variety of sizes: 1oz for $2.00, 4oz for $6.65, 8oz for $13.30 and 1lb for $26.60.
This tea was a wonderful strong black tea, perfect for breakfast. It was full bodied, but mellow and not too bitter. I enjoyed mine with a touch of sugar. I also think those who enjoy milk in their tea would really like it in this one. I do feel like this blend would be a good staple for any tea chest.
Last week when we were in Garden of the Gods, I found a package of Colorado Prickly Pear Tea and picked it up to try. The package is scant on details – there are no ingredients and I can’t figure out who the manufacturer of the tea is because it’s all under the Garden of the Gods labeling. A pack of a dozen teabags was $4.99.
Apparently the prickly pear cacti produce a pear shaped, red fruit which is sweet in taste. It is picked, de-thorned, and then dried for infusion into teas. I believe the variety I picked up is infused into black tea.
When I first opened the package it had a pleasantly sweet and fruity aroma. I only let it steep for a few minutes, and I probably need to let it steep longer, but the flavor was quite mild. It had just a hint of a sweet fruity note to it, but otherwise tasted like a smooth ceylon tea.
If you’re interested in trying this delicacy I found another variety available from Maya Tea, an Arizona tea company that makes the most of the abundance of prickly pear cacti in the area.
This week I went into my wonderful local tea shop, Tea Market. I was interested to see the summer seasonal flavors and see if they had anything particularly geared towards preparing iced tea. I ended up getting a seasonal sampler with 5 teas intended to be served iced. I’ll review them in the coming weeks.
Today I’m writing about the Iced Tea Blend which is a blend of black and ceylon teas. I bought the seasonal sampler with 5 teas for $20, but you can also purchase the tea by the ounce as well.
I brewed the tea hot at work and then poured it over a tumbler of ice. I added just a bit of sugar. The result was a sweet, crisp iced tea perfect for summer afternoons. If you’re in Kansas City, I can’t recommend enough stopping in at the Tea Market!
From the label, this blend contains Ceylon tea with cranberry, vanilla, cinnamon and orange peels.
Celebration is available in a 3oz bag for $8.50 and an 8oz bag for $12.50.
When I first opened the package I smelled the cranberry and cinnamon most of all. It definitely reminded me of a holiday tea. As it brewed I got more of the Ceylon aroma. This one was a delicious Ceylon, but I admit I lost most of the other flavor notes while sipping. The tea itself was delicious – I might try the Ceylon by itself next time.
A few weeks ago I posted about a beautiful necklace that I wanted to purchase from Churchmouse Yarn & Teas. As long as I was placing an order I had to try some of their tea. I ordered a package of Blend No. 512, Churchmouse Winter.
Per the site, Winter is a blend of Assam, Ceylon and China Yunnan teas with a hint of summer fruit.
Winter is available in either sachets (15 for $16.50) or loose leave in 4oz for $14.00.
When I first opened the package I smelled the smoky Yunnan and a fruity smell. Once brewed I got more of the black tea. The tea itself was lovely – a great strong, full bodied brew with just a hint of sweetness, perfect for an afternoon cup. I highly encourage you to add a cookie to the snack while you’re at it. I will definitely be keeping this in my collection.
From the website this is a blend of Ceylon and Assam teas with mango, cinnamon and passionfruit.
It is available in a variety of sizes: 50g for $5.25, 100g for $$10.50 and 250g for $23.63.
When I first opened the package I got a whiff of cinnamon and something tropical. These aromas only intensified as I brewed the tea. The tea itself was a good strong brew, and the cinnamon, mango and passionfruit just added an extra bit of sweetness and spice. I really liked this one quite a bit.
From the website, the blend contains decaf ceylon tea and orange peels.
Decaf Orange is available in the following sizes: sample for $2, 3oz for $8, 16oz for $29 and a set of 15 teabags for $8.
When I first opened the package I could smell the tangy orange peel. One brewed, I could smell more of the ceylon tea however. The taste was mostly the tea, with a hint of sweet orange. It was much more of a strong afternoon blend, than a sweet dessert tea, but I think it could complement cookies or biscuits nicely. And it has the added benefit of being a good decaffeinated blend for those of you looking to sip well into the evening!